A lush and magnificent coat in different color combinations, a round skull, so shows the characteristic appearance of the American Cocker Spaniels. An American Cocker Spaniel grows up to 39 centimeters tall. He can weigh 11 kilograms.
The history of the American Cocker Spaniel
Already in the early 17. In the 19th century the first Cocker Spaniels were taken to America. They were then a great help in the exploration of virgin territories. The American Cocker Spaniel was bred from the English Cocker. His first task was to retrieve quail and snipe. Even today the Cocker Spaniel has a certain hunting instinct. But the American Cocker is known these days mainly as a companion and family dog.
About the character of the American Cocker Spaniel
Most Cocker Spaniels have a cheerful nature. He is considered balanced and self-confident and always in a good mood. So a perfect family dog. Good socialization at a young age ensures that the dog will not be afraid of strangers or unfamiliar situations as an adult. The American Cocker is intelligent. He loves activity. Is always available for a game in the family. Cocker Spaniels do not like to be alone.
Breed specific diseases
The large floppy ears of the American Cocker Spaniel sometimes lead to recurring ear infections. Also eye diseases. A hip joint dysplasia can occur.
Not a couch potato
The Cocker Spaniel is not a dog for couch potatoes. You should allow the animal two hours of exercise per day. The best activities are those that keep both body and mind fit. He loves to fetch. He is a passionate swimmer. Make sure that after the walks no foreign objects are stuck in his fur.
The care of the Cocker Spaniel
The coat is the pride of the American Cocker Spaniel. On the head it wears fine and short, on the body medium length and on the chest, belly and legs longer. Characteristic are of course also the long floppy ears. And this magnificent coat also needs some care.
Brush the coat of the American Cocker Spaniel daily. Indulge him also from. To a haircut. Also take a regular look at his eyes, the dog's lips and paws.
A dog for beginners?
The American Cocker Spaniel is also considered a beginner dog. He needs some time of acclimation to a new household, good training and attention. If you like to go for long walks yourself, the Cocker Spaniel could be the right dog for you.
As a guard dog the bright animal is hardly to be used. The Cocker Spaniel can get along well with children. But be careful, especially with very young children, not to leave him unsupervised with the offspring.